As the American political climate continues its never-ending journey toward burning out of control, a new front has opened in this battle between the right and the left, with the Peach State taking center stage.
This is due to a recent bill signed into law by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp which critics say is designed to make it more difficult to vote in communities of color, where the voters are more likely to vote for the Democrats.
Of course, the Georgia GOP has largely brushed off these criticisms as some sort of “Trump Derangement Syndrome hangover, or just a bad case of political zeal.
The fight over the bill has been ongoing for days on end, and Atlanta’s Mayor just made a major move in the case.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Tuesday issued an administrative order “to mitigate the impact of new voting restrictions imposed” by Georgia’s recently enacted law curbing voting access.
Why it matters: Civil rights groups, Democrats and more than 100 businesses and CEOs have condemned the law.
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- The legislation cuts the time period voters have to request absentee ballots and imposes new identification requirements, among other restrictions.
Details: The mayor’s order directs Atlanta’s chief equity officer to “develop a plan of action within the city’s authority to expand opportunity and access to the ballot box.”
- This includes providing training to staff members on voter registration and general information on early, absentee, and in-person voting and disseminating information to residents on how to obtain the forms of identification required for absentee voting.
The move will almost certainly setup yet another showdown between these two Peach State politicians, and there’s no telling how this could end.